About this program
Fulfill one of society’s greatest needs
Nurses assess health problems, develop plans for patient care and educate patients on disease prevention. With an expected shortfall of 1 million nurses by 2020, and nurses absorbing more responsibilities, career opportunities have never been greater. Nurses are in demand not only in acute care and primary care settings, but also in new and growing fields, such as nursing informatics, which involves using patient data to improve the quality of care.
You’ll experience diverse health care settings working with over 300 clinical affiliates in hospitals, clinics, schools, private practices and home health agencies. Through our study abroad trips designed for graduate and undergraduate students, you’ll work with other health disciplines to increase your awareness of international health issues.
Our program prepares you to be an integral member of the health care team and a transformational leader in the field. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and expertise to start your career, or to advance your education with a master’s or doctor of nursing practice degree.
Student Spotlight: Ashley Darnsteadt ’18
Nursing student delivers newborn baby girl
The biggest test for Quinnipiac nursing student Ashley Darnsteadt ’18 didn’t occur in asimulation lab or even an emergency room. It happened when Darnsteadt, an EMT, responded to a late call about a woman going into labor in her own home. Her partner was inexperienced with childbirth, and eager to hand the reins over to the nurse in training.
Fresh off of her maternity rotations at Quinnipiac, the confident Darnsteadt rose to the occasion. Her training kicked in as she delivered the baby right on the woman’s bathroom floor, and prepared them both for transport to the nearest hospital.
“I always knew she’d make an excellent nurse,” said nursing professor Carol Connery. “This only confirms it.”
Now an RA in the Nursing Living-Learning Community (LLC), Darnsteadt’s experiences are a source of inspiration for other nursing students, and she is committed to providing support for them whenever and wherever she can.Read the full story Living Learning Community
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Student Spotlight: Rachel Fisher '19
The ultimate test — saving a man’s life
Rachel Fisher, ’19, always knew what she wanted to do with her life — be a nurse. What she didn’t know was how soon the knowledge she was acquiring at Quinnipiac would be put to the test outside of the classroom.
Fisher was originally drawn to Quinnipiac’s highly rated nursing program because of the advanced technological and practical resources she saw offered to students. She credits her hands-on nursing experiences gained from those resources with preparing her for success in the world outside of the classroom. She didn't realize how quickly those skills would be put to the test — to save a man's life.
One Thursday afternoon, the Pennsylvania native, having just finished an on-campus clinical experience about how to care for someone having a seizure, Fisher was driving to a meeting with her adviser when she spotted an emergency situation.
“I saw a man lying on the side of the road, completely cyanotic and with visible head trauma,” she recalled. Still in her scrubs from her clinical, and with an extra pair of medical gloves in her pocket, she quickly parked her car and jumped into action.
Faculty Spotlight: Sheila Molony
At the forefront of Alzheimer’s research
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common dementia type worldwide, with an estimated 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s dementia in the United States, including 200,000 with the young-onset variant of the disease. Still, it remains an under-recognized threat in public health.
Professor Sheila Molony, an authority on aging, geriatric care and dementia assessment, is helping to lead the national conversation about the issue. She is one of the 27 health care experts whose research comprised the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendation Guidelines. Published in The Gerontologist, each of the 56 new recommendations for the diagnosis and care of Alzheimer’s dementia patients are framed around the idea of person-centered care.
“Person-centered care is an approach that conveys respect and seeks to understand the subjective experience of the person living with dementia,” Molony explained. “It is very consistent with our holistic philosophy here at the School of Nursing because it views persons with dementia as whole people.”Read the full story
Curriculum and Requirements
BS in Nursing Graduation Requirements
|Foundations of Inquiry||12|
|Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing|
|Academic Writing and Research|
Freshman Year Seminar 101
Math Course (MA 275 or 206)
|Disciplinary Inquiry (one course from each of the four Disciplinary Areas)||13|
|General Biology I|
|Personal Inquiry (3 additional courses from 3 different Disciplinary Areas)||10|
|General Biology II|
|Personal Inquiry II (9 additional credits from the Disciplinary Areas or UC Breadth Electives)||9|
|Nursing Major Requirements||16|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab|
Chemical Principles with Bological Applications with Lab
Microbiology and Pathology with Lab
|Integrative Capstone Experience||3|
|Professional Component Nursing Courses||61|
|Core Concepts in Nursing|
|Nursing Science and Information Literacy|
|Core Nursing Practicum|
|Care of Women, Newborns and Families|
|Care of Children and Families|
|Women, Children and Families Practicum|
|Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs I|
|Adult Care Practicum I|
|Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy I|
|Holistic Nursing Integration Lab I|
|Holistic Nursing Integration Lab II|
|Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing|
|Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum|
|Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice|
|Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs II|
|Adult Care Practicum II|
|Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy II|
|Community and Public Health Nursing|
|Community and Public Health Nursing Practicum|
|Holistic Nursing Integration Lab III|
|Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing|
|Holistic Nursing Integration and Transition Into Practice Lab|
The curriculum for the professional component is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines. Nursing courses must be taken in the sequence presented in the curriculum and students must successfully complete one semester before progressing to the next. Initial placement in English and mathematics courses is determined by examination.
Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® examination, and qualify for entry-level nursing positions or graduate study. Those students contemplating applying for graduate study in nursing at Quinnipiac should refer to the Graduate Studies section of the catalog.
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